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Fluoride Treatments Boost Oral Health

  • December 21, 2015

Fluoride Treatments Boost Oral Health

Welcome back to the Gentle Dental Care blog!

What a year this has been in Plainville, CT! We have seen so many awesome patients in our practice, and we hope to see your smiling face in the near future.

In today’s blogpost, we wanted to talk about preventive dentistry, specifically as it relates to disease and decay. In order to really prevent gum disease and cavities, it helps to have a dentist you can trust, keeping you safe.

At Gentle Dental Care, we have a very knowledgeable staff and we keep cutting-edge equipment on-hand, which means that you will be in very good hands while entrusted to our care. And we will do our best to keep you educated to do your part at home.

You probably know that brushing and flossing your teeth daily are both non-negotiables when it comes to maintaining good oral health. But what did you know how important fluoride can be?

Fluoride Fights For Your Teeth

When bacteria gathers on your teeth, it forms a clingy film known as plaque. Plaque is a real problem-causer. This is because the bacteria in plaque feeds on sugar from your food and changes it into acid that corrodes your tooth enamel and causes decay. This is how cavities form, and if they are not treated, you could be facing major ordeals like root canals and tooth extractions. If the bacteria slips below the gumline, you could be dealing with gingivitis and periodontal disease, two forms of gum disease that have horrific consequences for your mouth and possibly your entire body.

Luckily, fluoride is effective at shutting down this process. Fluoride actually forms its own protective film on your teeth. This film thwarts the bacteria’s ability to stick together, which makes it nearly impossible for plaque to gain a foothold on your teeth.

Plus, fluoride can even slow the conversion of sugar into acid, buying you some time to fight off the bacteria. And it aids in a process known as remineralization, wherein your body uses calcium to replace the minerals lost from the early stages of tooth decay.

And if all that wasn’t enough, fluoride that is ingested helps children’s teeth to build strong enamel. This allows them to sidestep many would-have-been cavities.

So, fluoride protects your teeth and actually helps repair damage. Accordingly, it should be a part of your oral hygiene routine! The good news is that it is easy to come by in our neck of the woods.

Sources Of Fluoride In Plainville, CT

It is easy to find fluoride-fortified toothpastes in most Plainville supermarkets. And, if you read the labels carefully, you will also be able to stock up on mouthwash that contains it too.

Still, one of the easiest access points for fluoride is your water faucet at home. Since the middle of the last century, our public tap water has been fortified with it! Although fluoride is naturally found in some foods and added to drinking water, sometimes enamel needs extra help to resist the destructive sugars and bacteria in your mouth. That is why, at Gentle Dental Care, we offer several topical fluoride treatments to strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay.

Take The Next Step!

In our office, we take preventive dental care very seriously, especially when it comes to children. This is why we offer fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and more at Gentle Dental Care.

Why put off protection that is so easy to obtain? Your oral health is much too important to wait! Contact us today to schedule an appointment in our Plainville, CT dental office.

We can’t wait to see you!

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